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May 3, 2014 6:00pm EDT
crimea, you invade cancun. russia takes back ukraine, america takes back texas. something to think about. [laughter] the new director of the secret service is here tonight. leadership, secret service agents can longer thatrt with prostitutes are too drunk to make it to the program. [laughter] i am sure she loves that. the director of national intelligence, james clapper, is here. put a face to the mysterious voice clearing its throat on the other end of the phone. that was weird. i have been watching a lot of cable news. i am a big fan of that lesbian on ms nbc. yeah, ms nbc is a confusing place. al sharpton is there skinny guy. [laughter] cnn is desperately searching for something they have been missing for months -- their dignity. totally. [laughter] this point, cnn is like the radio shack in a strip mall. you don't know how it stayed in business as long. they just fired piers morgan. [laughter] [applause] thank you. ratedws is the highest network and cable news. [applause] it is all thanks to their key , the old people that have tuned into fox news and have not yet been discovered. bi
CSPAN
May 3, 2014 11:10am EDT
-month window coming to an end. you have syria. you have russia. there is a lot they are dealing with now. their ability to get out the economic message will be challenging for the president. you saw the administration announced today the next round of sanctions targeting putin's inner circle. they have been talking about these sanctions for the last 10 days after the geneva agreement a couple of weeks ago. they went into the geneva agreement pessimistic. they came out thinking it went better than we thought. even days later, they were expectthey don't anything to change with putin right now. looking back, the geneva agreement bought putin time. i don't see that resolving over the next month. this could play out over years. putin is very patient. i think that the administration is pretty hesitant and wary of going to the next level of sanctions. of theight to the heart energy sector. the president warned that there would be costs on both sides. here.would be costs i think this will play out for quite some time. it was fascinating in kiev last week -- we had some free time that was pretty
CSPAN
May 3, 2014 10:00am EDT
these previously and accessible reserves. >> the u.s. just asked russia -- passed russia for number two. we are going to be number one. >> there are some new more jobs being created. i think they have run out of work. i am not sure we can build their roads to help us get this production underway. it is revitalizing the manufacturing phase. west side investment management. we invest on behalf of our cleients. fracking will save america's youth from debt. fracking and the energy industry will create an additional 3.5 million jobs by 2020. >> it is not that simple. there are many real cases on the environment that need to be addressed. match.e day i lit a and the water, and fire. exempted from the clean water act ♪ >> companies are exempt from dispersing chemicals in these operations. under the clean water act, this would be required. e 1260 chemicals that could be added to this thing. >> i never had a problem until the gas company came. eight live ones, 10 dead ones. pallet. a cleft the cap that died there, the mother did not clean it off. the gas company says there is nothing wrong with
CSPAN
May 3, 2014 6:00am EDT
at the white house. the two leaders discussed sanctions against russia over the situation in ukraine and the future of relations between the u.s. and germany. this is 30 minutes. >> good morning, everybody. it is always a great pleasure to welcome my friend chancellor merkel to the white house. germany is one of our strongest allies and angela is one of my closest partners. with her indulgence, i want to start by making two brief comments. first, as president, my top priority is doing everything we can to create more jobs and opportunity for hard-working families for our economic strength as a source of strength in the world. this morning, we learned our businesses created 277,000 new jobs last month. all told, our business is now created 9.2 million new jobs over 50 consecutive months of job growth. the grit and determination of the american people are moving us forward but we have to keep a relentless focus on job creation and creating more opportunities for work and families. there is plenty more that congress should be doing from raising the minimum wage to creating good construc
CSPAN
May 3, 2014 2:00am EDT
of unilateral energy supplies and gas delivery from russia. the transatlantic mentorship also offers great opportunities. we are duty bound to make global financial systems more resilient particularly in the g 20. we have made great headway. there are a number of areas where we still have considerable need for further reform. i am much interested in seeing regulation, bout on the shadow banking sector. we need to also do more on regulations where we see to it that any financial institution that gets into difficulties and irrespective of its size can actually be [inaudible] without taxpayer money. you have made enormous strides here and we have made some progress. this needs to be continued. all of these foreign and security policy challenges can only be mastered if we act together. the transatlantic partnership is and remains also in future the crucial key to peace, freedom, security, and prosperity for all of us. it is particularly in this year, 2014, that we are more than aware of this fact. 100 years after the beginning of the first world war, 75 years after the beginning of the second
CSPAN
May 3, 2014 12:00am EDT
today, the united nations security council held a meeting on russia's intervention in ukraine and the recent violence there. we heard remarks from u.s. ambassador samantha power but begin with comments from the israeli ambassador -- ambassador. this is about an hour and a half. >> it has to do with the punitive military operations with the use of terrorists from the co-fascist right sector as well as other national -- organizations against their own people in ukraine. the subunit of the ukrainian force is using tanks and other -- and other heavy artillery. striking protesters and entrenching fighters. misadventures are not quickly stopped than the cottage gothic context cannot be avoided. punitive measures against their own people, to carry out its obligations under the geneva ss to the inability or lack of desire to carry out its obligations under the geneva declaration for a swift halt of all violent and launching a broad, national dialogue with regis and political forces. if anyone is doubting, now today it is definitely clear that the begineclarations need to nationwide di
CSPAN
May 2, 2014 10:00pm EDT
welcome the visit of secretary general feldman to russia. we believe it is time that it is a priority. it is the priority and we should avoid any further escalation of the prices by beginning dialogue with a view to contributing to peace andation of stability so that the elections can take place on the 25th of may. >> i think the representative of statement. >> thank you, mr. president. president, the situation in ukraine has. it in the past few hours. launched forces have have continued to seize public buildings and cities in eastern ukraine. the prosecutor's office is even occupied by the militants. they killed the two crew members. the osce military observers are still illegally obtained -- detained. we are deeply concerned by all these developments which further deteriorate the delicate situation in eastern ukraine. we strongly condemn the violence and by armed securities call for the appropriate response by the ukrainian forces. put our fullhould support behind the good officials of the secretary-general in resolving the crisis in ukraine. mr. feldman is going to ukraine. i call
CSPAN
May 2, 2014 8:00pm EDT
spoken out forcefully and against russia's illegal actions in ukraine and you have been a leader in the european union as well as an indispensable partner in the g7. your presence here today is a reminder that our nations stand united. we are united in our determination on coordinated sanctions. we are united on our unwavering article five commitment to the security of our nato allies including german aircraft joining nato patrols over the baltics. we are united in our support for ukraine including the very important imf program approved this week to help them stabilize and reform its economy. as ukrainian forces move to restore order in eastern ukraine, it is obvious to the world that these russian groups are not peaceful protesters. they are heavily armed militants who are receiving significant support from russia. the ukrainian government has the right and responsibility to uphold law and order within its territory and russia needs to use its influence over these paramilitary groups of they disarm and stop. evoking provoking violence. let me say that we are also united in our
CSPAN
May 2, 2014 6:00pm EDT
in 1994 and the subsequent one in 1997 it was a necessary decision. >> how was it seen in russia at the time? how would you answer that question? i will answer it today the way they answered it in that time. one of my russian compatriots -- 9.celebrated v-day on may what happened after that? is part of the answer to your question. that ispened after stalin remained in power in the andem of which ignited participated in aggression 1993 -- against poland, that system in russia in the soviet union remains. that was the course of the cold war instead of the united in proper terms of not in technical terms of the word. then what happens today, the main problem is that russia has this.t bothered with stalin is referred to the approved or endorsed textbooks for our children. able -- as an manager. can you believe it happened in germany with hitler? an ableonsidered manager. that is basically what happened. that is basically the root of the problem today with the theine that is part of russian establishment. do you know what happened? 1994, russian elite, the ruling class, those who bene
CSPAN
May 2, 2014 4:00pm EDT
by the u.s.? washington may times attempted to tell russia where and how military troops should write. the white house was insulted by our appeal to the government to withdraw from eastern ukraine. washington has always requested elected in ainely coverage. logic is very strange used against civilians. and by a government that has no legitimacy. the representative of that you did not go much further than the american colleagues. talking about the state's monopoly over the use of force. this statement can only be called provocation. it seems that the high representative not only did not was supportingt those that perpetrated the coup d'État. the u.s. and the eu, their great responsibility is strong in the past. the categorical refusal of washington is totally non-fortuitous. running counter to the geneva declaration of 17 april. dialogueontinuation of . what could be a more striking force? of the use of and the signers of the geneva declaration, to not commit a look atror and take a possible consequences of their actions. and stop the district of policy with respect to the ukraine. an
CSPAN
May 2, 2014 2:00pm EDT
on a number of issues. in particular on sanctions against russia over the intervention in ukraine. the ap saying that the president says violence escalating in eastern ukraine is making it obvious to the world that pro-russian militants are not peaceful protesters. he voiced his support for the ukrainian government on the day of its first major offensive aimed at driving out the insurgents occupying government buildings across the east of ukraine. we will hear from the german chancellor in just a bit. she will be introduced i thomas dunne eu, the president and ceo of the chamber of commerce. we bring you a conversation on sanctions and their effectiveness on foreign policy. the president is meeting with chancellor angela merkel. >> german companies always opposed sanctions against iran and it is no surprise that they are opposing sanctions against russia. germany ruthlessly pursued its mercantile interest and the lobbyist wrong. it is a very strong economic relationship between germany and russia. including the former german chancellor. he is making money helping national gas -- natural g
CSPAN
May 2, 2014 10:00am EDT
against russia clear in recent weeks. as a result, germany's position is unlikely to shift, barring a dramatic escalation of the conflict in ukraine. we will hear from chancellor merkel and president obama. in the meantime, a washington journal discussion this morning on the effectiveness of sanctions. host: our friday roundtable focusing on the issue of sanctions as a foreign-policy tool, do they work? carla anne robbins is a senior fellow at the council on foreign relations. mark dubowitz of the foundation for democracy. "the wall street journal" the president meets with angela merkel. german companies opposing sanctions, can you explain. guest: german companies opposed sanctions against iran, it is no surprise they are opposing sanctions against russia. the german corporate lobby is very strong. it is no surprise. it is a very strong economic relationship between germany and russia. including former german chancellor, who is making a lot of money helping natural gas flow from russia to germany. no surprise. angela merkel is under pressure. host: one of the fundamental flaws of sa
CSPAN
May 2, 2014 7:00am EDT
, it is no surprise they are opposing sanctions against russia. the german corporate lobby is very strong. it is a very strong economic relationship between germany and russia. including former german chancellor, who is making a lot of money helping natural gas flow from russia to germany. no surprise. angela merkel is under pressure. host: one of the fundamental flaws of sanctions as a foreign-policy tool? guest: it is limited and a blunt instrument but also there is no other choice. not a lot of other alternatives. politics are flawed, too. germany is russia's's largest trading partner in the eu. they have more economic interest in the u.s. and its owing to be hard to pressure russia and a major way unless the europeans are willing to play. host: let me share what jack lew told members of congress when it came to sanctions and at russia and the wealthy individuals linked to president putin. [video clip] >> if you look at the impact on russia's economy, it is misleading to look at what happens day by day. you have to look over the period of time since russia went into crimea and since we
CSPAN
May 2, 2014 3:00am EDT
, the british house of commons, prime minister david cameron was asked about thetions against russia and scottish leader's comments regarding russian president putin. this is 40 minutes. impact. we expect better results for thousands of young people at risk of becoming meet. >> questions to the prime minister. >> number one, mr. speaker. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i'm sure the whole house will wish to join me in paying tribute to captain thomas clarke of the army air corps, flight lieutenant rakesh chauhan of joint helicopter command, acting warned officer class do spencer faulkner, corporal james walters of the army air corps, and lance corporal oliver thomas of the intelligence corps, reservist who also worked as a research assistant. these tragic deaths remind us of the continued commitment and sacrifice of our armed forces, and i know that our deepest concerns are with the families that is very, very difficult time. i'm sure the whole house will also want to join me in paying tribute to and mcgwire who was stabbed to death in her classroom on monday. it is clear from
CSPAN
May 1, 2014 7:00pm EDT
important. our experience with china and korea, and russia, and others make clear that we lose out if to forcegreements go in into. they are able to go offices a will to take to trade enforcement? >> we're happy to talk about further steps we can take. we brought cases against china twice before. we brought the first-ever case on a labor issue. we are continuing to pursue that. an interagency trade enforcement center with great support from the commerce department and other departments. that has allowed us to put together more complex cases and we have ever been able to put together before. people from all over the with country expertise, domain knowledge, able to put together these collocated cases and bring them to have a systemic impact. we are focused and agree with you completely that part of the deal of negotiating new agreement is to make sure we are monitoring and implementing our existing agreements. we are focused on doing that. >> there is no question in my mind that you are stepping up the effort to enforce trade laws. i was pleased with the work your people did on the
CSPAN
May 1, 2014 5:00pm EDT
a single case brought against russia in the world trade organization. this is the case despite the fact that the administration told congress during consideration of pntr that one of the major benefits of having russia in the w.t.o. would be our ability to bring them to dispute settlement. i'm also profoundly disappointed that the president refuses to bring a w.t.o. case against india for its continuing efforts to underminus intellectual property rights. india knows better. we know better and we ought to be forceful about this. i think it would help them as well. with regard to india, it exemplifies a pattern of gross neglect within this administration when it comes to enforcing american intellectual property rights. countries are taking note of the failure to act in this area. this is feeding the perception that they can refuse to protect and even actively violate u.s. intellectual property rights with impugnity. finally, i'm deeply concerned about the office of the u.s. trade representative as an institution. ambassador, i sincerely appreciate the hard work and dedication of you and y
CSPAN
May 1, 2014 10:00am EDT
% aimed at russia. all the other participants in this program are the very countries that russia threatens right now. particularly ukraine which is the second largest participant. i think it would be a really bad signal for this country to actually cut programs that are supportive of democracy in the areas immediately around russia. frankly i think more or less plays into putin's hand. beyond that we have a unique institution, unique arrangement and unique person heading it at the library of congress, who is probably the country's -- is the country's, probably the world's foremost expert on russian history and culture and literature. this has been well placed as long as he's been the librarian and well used. again i appreciate my friend's motives, but i would urge the rejection of the amendment. with that i would like to yield the remainder of the time that i have to my good friend, the gentleman from virginia. the chair: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. >> coy not agree mr. moran: i cannot agree more with my friend from oklahoma, the chair of this subcommittee. and the idea that
CSPAN
May 1, 2014 7:00am EDT
-- that russia has taken kiev for sea power - natural resources of the sea. as an american, what are we lacking in terms of natural resources? guest: i don't understand the premise of the question. as far as natural resources, the united states is not lacking anything. we have the potential to almost be self-sufficient in resources. the economy is growing today primarily because of energy development on state and private lands. if we were to actually use energy resources on public lands, we could sustain that growth and not have a roller coaster of boom and bust. we have the resources in the united states. areust need to make sure we developing those resources in every form, not just carbon-based fuels. host: here are a couple of tweets -- guest: amen. and there are some perfect examples. we have an area outside of utah which was blm land that they did easter break,one and almost broke into her right down a. finally, they contracted with the county to manage that area in the county now manages it and maximize profit and is one of the premier recreation areas we have in the state of utah if not
CSPAN
May 1, 2014 5:00am EDT
't just drop in after 50 years. it was different then. but i have to go to japan. south korea. russia, china. we have to do this together. it will take 12 days. i only have six weeks left. it is the only time i ever saw arafat cry. he said oh, no, you can't do that. i said i have to make it look like i forced you to. it is very different in private. i didn't go. i said, we are giving up an opportunity to make the world a safer place. if you are not going to do this, just tell me. he went through this whole deal about how it would be 10 years again. he told two different arab leaders he was going to take the deal. the details had to be filled in. on january 7, i went to the israel policy forum and went public with this whole thing. i just had a couple of weeks. we really had until the middle of february when the israeli election was going to occur. under the agreement, israel had to ratify the peace agreement. because of the intifada, which started when ariel sharon went to the temple mount for the first time since 1967, which i begged arafat not to start, ehud barak was down 38%. they
CSPAN
May 1, 2014 3:00am EDT
from europe, from russia, or otherit through mechanisms. so it is very important. as far as the efficiency rates, ma'am, there, you crane is very inefficient. and the department of energy together with us is working on ukraines to work with to see what we can do to increase efficiency rates. as many haves addressed the subsidy issue where gas is so cheap that don't want to conserve, but also to put in place the kind of mechanisms and will allow for more conservation, so they can do far more with less or with same amount. that's a program that we've done in other countries, d.o.e. and department of state work together on these issues and i think we have a number much proposals that could work rewell for ukraine. >> mr. smith, can we talk about ferk and the process there is i understand is under cumbersome and takes longer how the that interrelate with process that you have ongoing? >> thank you. to get too far into the details of the ferk process, i would not be able to characterize it appropriately, but in general the ferk has an important theof managing environmental pro
CSPAN
May 1, 2014 1:00am EDT
react to russia's violation of ukrainian sovereignty. his remarks at the atlantic council in washington are 20 minutes. >> see the respect this group has, mr. vice president? on behalf of fred kemp and the atlantic council, welcome to our family. we have members of the board of directors. we have members of our international advisory council and most important, we have got some serious leaders from europe who are trying to determine their destiny around europe full and free. so over the last day, we have had the pleasure of hearing from many of these leaders. and it really is a distinct honor to conclude this extraordinary and timely conference with remarks by the vice president of the united states joe biden. so it's fitting that vice president biden would conclude our conference because few have done more than you, mr. vice president, to promote and advance vision of a united europe. during his tenure in the senate as chair of the foreign relations committee, then senator biden provided critical bipartisan leadership to the cause of stopping genocide in the balkans and bringing former
CSPAN
Apr 30, 2014 9:00pm EDT
. will be anrts important foreign policy tool. many of our friends and allies are forced to buy gas from russia's vladimir putin. imports over 60% of its natural gas from russia top this gives russia on amount -- an immense amount of power. russia has a habit of squeezing its neighbors energy when it wants to effect their actions. the u.s. has the resources to come to their aid. we need the political will. as mentioned previously, this subcommittee is focused on a process for proving natural gas exports. countries with whom we have a free trade agreement -- that export is consistent with public interest. authorization must be granted without delay. for countries with which we do not have a retreat agreement, the natural gas act presumes that. unless the department finds proposed exportation not consistent with public interest. natural gas has been part of a proposed pipeline through canada and mexico since the 1930's. granted the states first permit. the facility is currently under construction in louisiana. it will begin soon. when we had our last hearing on this topic, that was the only facil
CSPAN
Apr 30, 2014 7:00pm EDT
biden talked about the importance of the military alliance and how nato members should react to russia's violation of ukrainian sovereignty. his remarks of the atlantic council in washington are 20 minutes. [applause] >> see the respect this group has, mr. vice president? theehalf of fred kemp and atlantic council, welcome to our family. we have members of the board of directors. we have members of our international advisory council and most important, we have got some serious leaders from europe who are trying to determine their destiny around europe full and free. so over the last day, we have had the pleasure of hearing from many of these leaders. and it really is a distinct letter to conclude this extraordinary and timely conference with remarks by the vice president of the united states joe biden. that vicetting president biden would conclude our conference because few have done more than you, mr. vice andident, to promote advance vision of a united europe. during his tenure in the senate as chair of the foreign relations committee, then senator biden provided critical bipartisan
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Apr 30, 2014 2:30pm EDT
of the middle east. as china, russia, iran, and north korea push for more advanced launch vehicles, the construction of an east coast site will dramatically improve the ability of our military to intercepted incoming threats by increasing the ability to engage and defeat those threats. with the 2009 cancellation of the missile defense site in poland, coupled with an increased threat environment, it's imperative that we continue to act to protect the homeland from the long range ballistic missile threat. i thank you for your consideration to this amendment. i want to again thank chairman culberson for his commitment. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas, for what purpose. mr. culberson: move to strike the last word. the chair: is recognized for five minutes. mr. culberson: i rise in strong support of this amendment and i thank my colleague from georgia and working with us on making sure we get this done. we are long overdue for any ballistic missile site on the continental united states here on the east coast in particular. my good friend from
CSPAN
Apr 30, 2014 7:00am EDT
there is no way to stop the unrest in two eastern regions bordering russia. he says police and security pless," and are in some cases cooperating with pro-russian government who have seized buildings and taking people hostage. vice president joe biden reassure the prime minister of ofvia that in the face russian assertiveness in ukraine the united states is committed to the collective defense of nato allies. mr. biden met with latvian prime minister at the white house yesterday and today the vice president speaks at the atlantic council on the situation in ukraine. here the remarks later today on c-span radio. those are some of the latest headlines on c-span radio. everybody says how do you think these women came from such a very low part of the world? so victorian era is stratified. there was the very rich and the middle class and then the real robber baron achievers. the life and times of these women is the most buccaneer time you can think of. after the civil war. finances were becoming major, yet rockefeller, jim fest, all of the robber barons were making a lot of money. i think it was e
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Apr 30, 2014 5:00am EDT
by the president of that country. ecuador has thrown its lot in with countries like venezuela and russia and china. that's were they see the future of latin america so they have made that move. ,he people that were in there working with them was full knowledge of the ecuadorian government and had been there for years and years. they were working with them on that, and drug ever which is a problem in ecuador and they have been helpful. they have decided to throw their lot in with other countries. we are in the process -- >> it's a geopolitical issue? a great way to snub their noses the united states. >> this is a question from representative angle i will briefly go over it -- on november 15, 2013, an interview with defense news, you stated that since you have lost coast guard the would publish the western hemisphere strategy on how to fill these gaps. that is five months ago. wants to know what the status of the report is. >> we have been trying to come theith strategies for specific areas and evolving missions and put out an arctic strategy just last year. we have in working on the western hemisph
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Apr 30, 2014 3:00am EDT
the right folks. there are not many folks who run russia. they are all friends of the leader there, the president. going after those folks is a great start. it lets the russian leaders know that there is a penalty to them. also, i think the experience of crimea who might have been a great national thing for russia to do, but so far it has been a disaster for premiums and crimean russians as well where things are hardly run down there right now as a result. there may be a self limiting factor of how the leaders in russia see the rest of the eastern ukraine based on the crimean experience. >> thank you. >> thank you for having me. this immense opportunity to talk about this. but of bin. just getting of an airplane and hobbling all over town. they're is a lot to worry about faugh. polls show that americans are increasingly concerned about u.s. foreign policy, what they perceive as growing numbers of challenges and threats, not necessarily in what they perceived but what is coming out of washington. they're out there saying we have a lot of challenges. of these concerns justified.. at
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Apr 30, 2014 1:00am EDT
.n.f. this treaty between the united states and russia places limits on ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. the united states has held up our agreement in the treaty. it appears the russians have not. according to press reports, it appears the russians have tested a ground launch cruise missile from an operational launcher. the russians have responded, this is a sea-based missile which does not fall under the treaty. there's no way to know if it's a sea-based missile until it's deployed but even so, if it was a sea-based missile and the russians tested on land using an operational launcher, it's in violation of the treaty. either way the russians are violating this treaty. according to press reports, the administration knew about the violation back in 2008. six years later the state department says, the violation is still under review and is not officially classified as a violation or not. time for the state department to pick a horse and ride it. either it's a violation or it's not a violation. i've introduced h.con.res. 94 with repres
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Apr 29, 2014 11:00pm EDT
to report that russia could potentially withdraw from treaties such as the i.n.f. and that they may further -- any further expansion of arms control efforts will likely make no headway for the foreseeable future system of, some of my colleagues, some of the pun -- i hear some pundits saying, give weapons, more sanctions, very few people are talking about diplomatic solutions. my first question is, do either of you still see, i believe there's still hope, we should talk and have conversations with nations we don't disagree with. is diplomacy an option here? do you seedy employee macy having an a chance here? or it has no chance? what role do you think diplomacy has in this. >> thank you, sir. we -- we believe that diplomacy is a critical aspect of of this. that's why secretary kerry has had, i forget, six, eight, 10 conversations with the russian foreign minister over the last couple of weeks. that's why he went to geneva to negotiate the terms of the geneva statement that laid out a pathway for de-escalation and so we very much believe that the -- that that is the -- that diplomacy is the w
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Apr 29, 2014 9:00pm EDT
that the type of sanctions that would work versus russia might be the same. those dealing with the more specifically with the energy sector and the banking sector. have those been considered are is this an issue with the european union? >> congressman they've been considered because the president signed an executive order that creates the authority for us to designate sectors should we make the determination that that's the appropriate step. i think that if you look -- >> this would have been stronger. >> if you look at the impact on russia's economy, it's a little misleading to look at what happens day by day. you have to look over the period of time since russia went into crimea. since we imposed sanctions. there has been quite a substantial deterioration in russia's already-weak economy. we see it in their stock exchange, their exchange rate, in a number of important economic indicators. they were down graded one notch above junk. with the rationale and bond rating was, in part, the sanctions being imposed. i think the question here is how do we proceed in a careful way, step by step
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Apr 29, 2014 7:00pm EDT
to supplant the rest of the world and doing so in a big way as well as building up their own military. russia is a powerful force in the world which we need to deal with as a major country, a major nation. major countries have their interests. i do not see what's going on in outcome of the communist ideology but instead you have a very important international power there, russia, that is governed by someone who is looking out for its national interests and who that leadership of that country obviously believes that what was going on in ukraine was contrary to their national interests and that they were not being treated fairly in a way in which a pro-russian leader was removed from office by street violence rather than by elections, which in their o result losing -- what they had was access to crimea and a port for their fleet. that said, i'd like to go back to the original purpose that we came here today, to talk about arms control and how that will inimpacted by this new shift our relations with russia and i say that no matter what i should have said the bottom line is, it is in recognitio
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Apr 29, 2014 6:00pm EDT
is allowing drillers to get at these previously unaccessible reserves. >> the u.s. just passed russia as number two. we are going to pass saudi arabia, we are going to be number one. >> there's so much interest in more domestic production, so many more jobs are being created. i think they've run out of workers. i'm not even sure we can build their roads fast enough to help us get this production under way. it is revitalizing the manufacturing base of america. >> i'm adam scott. we're a registered investment advisor and we invest in oil and gas ships on behalf of our clients. so what are the benefits of fracking? well, it's going to save america's youth from the burden of debt built up by their parents and their grandparents. fracking and the energy industries are going to create an additional 3.5 million jobs by 2020. >> but it is not that simple. there are many real concerns of the impact on our environment and these need to be addressed. >> ♪ one day i lit a match and the water caught on fire i thought about a lawsuit then stumbled upon the fact that fracking is exempted from the
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Apr 29, 2014 7:00am EDT
trip to asia. he took on his critics over hotspots like russia and syria, while saying his cautious avoids mistakes. what you think of his administration's foreign-policy today? you can also send us a tweet. comments on facebook and e-mail. we will get your thoughts in just a minute. " pieceshington post starts off by saying this. here's what the president had to say. >> typically, criticism of our foreign-policy has been directed at the failure to use military force. the question i think i would have is, why is it that everybody is so eager to use military force? after we have just gone through a decade of war at enormous troops and to our budget? exactly that these critics think would have been accomplished? my job as commander-in-chief is to deploy military force as a last resort, and to deploy it wisely. frankly, most of the foreign-policy commentator set ed our policies would go headlong into a bunch of military adventures at the american people have no interest in participating in and would not advance our core security interests. if you look at syria, for example, our interes
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Apr 29, 2014 4:30am EDT
means -- meant something quite different because of changes with russia and other geopolitical factors. the obama administration has always said the value taking its time to come to the state and has built an international consensus. does the consensus matter now? >> i do not think we have seen in practical terms the russians often their engagement in the process or stance within the process. it is clear there are a lot of things we have to reevaluate about russia's foreign-policy and attitudes towards its neighborhoods in toward the world. but i think on this one we have not seen evidence of their reevaluating or evidence of using the nuclear issue as leverage against us on other things. does not mean we should not worry about the possibility. and if indeed that happens, the process will not survive that i think. but let's work on countries acting in their interest. the issue has been to be a player. they have engage with iranians, nuclear cooperation as we know and that times have pulled back or put constraints on the cooperation. they want to be at the table and bf the player -- tab
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Apr 29, 2014 2:30am EDT
in america are starting? the role for congress to turn the back for america. incursion,r russia's in nation, depending on who you ask, they tried to guarantee more loans to the country. there were some people who said that this is not a good idea, we are not going to get this money back, and tried to tap into that populist frustration across the country. rand paul is one of those people. he is positioning himself as the menu doesn't want to give american money away abroad. that it makes you an isolationist amanda does put him out of the mainstream of what the parties doing. guest: it's an interesting point that the caller raises. both congress and the white house avenue 2 jobs in terms of domestic policy and foreign policy, and the white house would certainly argue that it is very important that ukraine feel the support of the united states both in terms of the loan guarantee but also just support dealinge of the u.s. with the challenges that russia is creating. the questions about if congress to move quickly on that but not on employment insurance or these other issues are fair questions.
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Apr 28, 2014 9:00pm EDT
about the problem with the communist nation of russia which has illegally seized crimea and is now making incursions into the eastern area of ukraine? i just returned from a trip, mr. speaker, on sunday, visiting some former soviet block nations, to talk about their response to the aggressive, illegal actions of russia and what's happening, to reset the table in the former soviet block nations. these are nations that are very worried about what they're seeing. they're worried because they understand that you can trust a communist to be a communist and their actions today are a mere image of what their action were formerly. russia recognizes if no one pushes back, they will continue to salivate over more lands and more influence and seek to dominate more people. russia's responsible for enslaving millions of people. in fact, they even murdered tens of millions of their own people under stalin. this is the regime that needs to be washed. and unfortunately under our previous secretary of state, hillary clinton, she gave, in my opinion unwisely, the reset button to the former soviet --
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Apr 28, 2014 2:00pm EDT
with russia. this highly exaggerated cost was assessed and report that is close to the public. constituents living in aiken and barnwell counties deserve to know the truth. i am glad they filed a freedom of information act request in pursuit of the cost analysis. we should be working together for environmental cleanup, for nonproliferation compliance and to support the savannah river site and its vital mission with dedicated employees. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we will never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida, ms. frankel, seek recognition? ms. frankel: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. frankel: mr. speaker, today on holocaust remembrance today, we solemnly reflect on the six million jews who were system @ically murdered by a mad man, known as hitler, and his nazi followers. we remember the children torn from the arms of their parents and they marche
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Apr 28, 2014 10:00am EDT
states and russia. how do you evaluate those comments? do you believe the relationship broke down before ukraine or should be viewed historically is a tipping point? >> there's no question that russia's actions in ukraine are of an entirely different order in terms of the severity of them. and the opposition they have brought from the united states and the rest of the world, compared to other things, although similar in many respects to georgia. but the other disagreements we have had -- syria, missile defense, and the like -- have been challenges in the relationship between the u.s. and russia, but this is obviously the most significant divide we have seen in a long time. but i think it's a simple fact that our relationship with russia has always been one, in the recent past, of some cooperation and alongside significant disagreement. we have gone down again and again the appalling support for the brutal, homicidal assad regime in syria. its refusal to allow united nations security council resolutions pass, condemning what they are doing and support the syrian people. we did not hide th
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Apr 28, 2014 7:00am EDT
advocating that we begin hitting a breeze within russia to further destabilize the economy. their goal, russia's goal, inside the ukraine, is to destabilize the country and delegitimize elections that taking place on may 25. over time, he can achieve his goals without actually sending troops in. he has little green men, black , fomenting inside ukraine. people are not yet with putin. it is amazing. the only information that people are getting is from russia. it is only russian speaking news that is occurring. over time, continuing to do it is doing, he can do without actually sending people in. again, i think we need to put sectoral sanctions in place. i think we need to move those troops away from the border am a change behavior, and i am very concerned that as we have seen from this administration and some a tough issues, their policy is always late. after the point in time and we could've made a difference in the outcomes. senator bob corker speaking over the weekend. says the united states will levy new sanctions monday on russian individuals and companies in retaliation for moscow
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Apr 28, 2014 3:23am EDT
is bigger than france, it's bigger than russia. i am confident that we will defeat germany to $4 trillion. 16 million people work in it. seven out of the 10 smartest kids in the high school graduating class work and our health care system somewhere. so when people in washington bravely talk about reforming the health care system, the degrees of difficulty or its magnitude, this is way harder than iraq. is like invading a country the size of germany, and i think that's a little bit what is happening now. the main feature of this health economy for most of the last five years has been disinflation. frankly, something no one, including the futurists predicted, in 2009 our health system arrived at a rate of increase in health spending that we haven't seen in this country since dwight eisenhower was president of the united states. five years before medicare, and we stayed at that level of maybe 3.8, 3.9% increase in spending for five long years. the economists who believe this was a product of the recession will have trouble explaining why per capita medicare spending has trended down towards
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Apr 27, 2014 3:05pm EDT
the majority passing laws to oppress, using some reach laws, like in russia. >> speech laws were used in the ragtag nazi band, headed by someone named frank:, two march in skokie, illinois. the marshaling effect never occurred, for other reasons, but if it had it would have because of the strong first amendment opinion written by a judge who practiced what i call the rhetoric of regret. he kept saying -- this is awful, i hate it, it is going to do a lot of harm. i regret the fact that we have to allow these horrible things that happened, but there is the first amendment. always get this when i speak at universities and i agree when it comes to -- does someone who is espousing measuret denial views up to economic standards? of course not. that is force malarkey. but that is one of the reasons why, i think, when you pass laws that ban it you are actually going to encourage it. listen, someone had to say that they believe the holocaust didn't happen, prove it. defend that position. i can't? >> but they can, have you ever gone on a website? they defend it in 300 400 page volumes. >> and i
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Apr 27, 2014 3:00pm EDT
." >> a look at the latest on russia and the ukraine with bloomberg news which has the headline -- "u.s. plans to get food in inner circle with sanctions." the u.s. says it will impose tensions as early as tomorrow with russian companies and individuals list to vladimir putin because of the escalating crisis in ukraine. tony blink and announced this news monday after a team of international observers was seized by pro-russian separatist in ukraine. among countries that could be hardest hit are the third largest lender and the ceo of russia's leading oil company. later tonight, we will have behind the headlines -- nsa surveillance and ongoing revelations -- reporting on the edward snowden leaks. you can watch that tonight at 9:00 eastern time here on c-span. >> a group of first amendment scholars and authors gathered in philadelphia recently to discuss the future of free speech in america. this is hosted by the natural -- the national constitution center. the discussion was about one hour. >> ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the national constitution center. i am jeffrey rosen, the president of
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Apr 27, 2014 7:00am EDT
kerry, who again said more sanctions are coming down the pike if russia doesn't change its ways. guest: i think the u.s. government should do what he can within reason to try to deter the russian government -- what it can within reason to try to deter the russian government from interfering in the ukraine. there is an ancient lesson of foreign policy. there is such a thing as the balance of power. for country to maintain its independence, particularly if it is next door to a much more powerful nation, it either needs to muster the power itself to maintain its independence on its own or ally itself with others. ukraine is outside the scope of nato. we talked about poland earlier. poland is not. in the cold war, nato established the balance of power that, for decades, drew the line at the berlin wall. now the line has moved east into eastern europe. i don't think the united states has the means or interest perhaps the means, to use our power to establish a balance of power that protect the sovereignty of the ukraine from russia. ukraine needs to develop an ability to protect its own sove
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Apr 27, 2014 6:55am EDT
the statement that now just we have one way to create another wave of protestant russia. it could happen not necessarily tomorrow maybe in one year, maybe in two years. and people understand. and the failure of putin to perform as he promised to people in his propaganda vis-a-vis ukraine would be another failure and there would be another disappointment of people that's what would speed up the whole collapse of the regime. that's why just a lot of different circumstances and things we should deal with simultaneously but in this case just the west in general position i would say principled position is absolutely necessary. >> thank you very much. there are a lot more questions in the audience but we have run out of our hour. so i'm going to have to bring this to a close. let me just first thank you. and as david cramer said at the beginning, thank you for your own courage in coming here to the atlantic council to continue this conversation. i will say the atlantic council has been a platform for these debates. we've heard one perspective, ip viting other government officials to the stage
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Apr 27, 2014 5:55am EDT
.o.a., to bbc and a kid in russia i can tell you that the products are different, the competition much more fierce. is much more entertaining and competitive and -- interrate r interrelated. of fer to the game throefrpbs and sex in the city re permeating the russian discourse on facebook and outside of facebook. a new ballgame in the sense of the content is different, the technology is different. but the strategic purposes remain the same. to e are both tools influence how we think, how thers think and other understand in many cases better than away did. understand soft a er been we do exactly as y -- geopolitical competition. this is something we can be very good at. we are just at it moment in as good.ware not to bring oes it take position, the leading becoming once again the leading power there is a challenge to us and the administrations to come. thank you. >> thank you very much for a onderful panel and thanks to all of you for coming for this great discussion. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2014] >> today a pa
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Apr 27, 2014 4:00am EDT
up in may, these efforts by russia, i think we can all say can be trusted to intensify. the russian actions against crimea and eastern ukraine have awakened the world to val -- to vladimir putin's efforts to re-create past russian influence. every onee is using of the means at his disposal, going beyond military power. for new sources of being blocked, pro-russian ngos are being established throughout the former republics and russian ethnic minorities and neighboring states are bombarded with russian language media from moscow. the on that, in crimea and eastern ukraine, russian special units are igniting separatist interest. meanwhile, from the american if, we they should say it all, have secretary of state john kerry and vice president joe biden spearheading u.s. support for ukraine. terriblyn't find that confidence inspiring, then i am with you. we have today with those three truly eminent experts on russia and the soviet union. keen observers of russian behavior, past and present. our first speaker will be john .ynch how ski from 1991-19 93, he served in the state department in
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